By some accounts, Mughal-e-Azam was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
The accolades awarded to the film include one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards at the 8th Filmfare Awards.
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Mughal-e-Azam (English: The Great Mughal) is a 1960 Indian epic historical drama film directed by K. Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Durga Khote, it follows the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim (who went on to become Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, a court dancer.
Overjoyed at his prayers being answered, Akbar gives the maid his ring and promises to grant her anything she desires.
The son, Prince Salim, grows up to be spoiled, flippant, and self-indulgent.
Mughal-e-Azam was the first black-and-white Hindi film to be digitally coloured, and the first in any language to be given a theatrical re-release.
The development of Mughal-e-Azam began in 1944, when Asif read a play set in the reign of Emperor Akbar (1556–1605).
Salim rebels and amasses an army to confront Akbar and rescue Anarkali.
Defeated in battle, Salim is sentenced to death by his father, but is told that the sentence will be revoked if Anarkali, now in hiding, is handed over to die in his place.
The film is widely considered to be a milestone of its genre, earning praise from critics for its grandeur and attention to detail.
Film scholars have welcomed its portrayal of enduring themes, but question its historical accuracy.